Definitions for Ensignˈɛn sən; for 1-3,5 also -saɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
en•signˈɛn sən; for 1-3,5 also -saɪn(n.)
a flag or banner, as a naval standard used to indicate nationality.
Category: Military, Navy
a badge of office or authority, as heraldic arms.
a sign, token, or emblem:
the dove, an ensign of peace.
the lowest commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard, ranking next below a lieutenant, junior grade.
Ref: standard-bearer (def. 1). 1
Origin of ensign:
1325–75; ME ensigne < OF enseigne < L insignia; see insignia
a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade
national flag, ensign(noun)
an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
colors flown by a ship to show its nationality
A badge of office, rank, or power
The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the United States Navy, junior to a lieutenant junior grade.
A flag or banner carried by military units. See standard, color, colour.
The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.
A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th Centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.
A prominent flag or banner.
Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced. -Milton, Paradise Lost.
To designate as by an ensign.
To distinguish by a mark or ornament
To distinguish by an ornament, especially by a crown.
Any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.
a flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; -- as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private signals, and the like
a signal displayed like a standard, to give notice
sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol
formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment
a commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army
to designate as by an ensign
to distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned
An ensign is a national flag when used at sea, in vexillology, or a distinguishing token, emblem, or badge, such as a symbol of office in heraldry. The word has also given rise to the military rank of "ensign", a rank of junior officer once responsible for bearing the ensign. via Scottish, from Old French enseigne "mark, symbol, signal; flag, standard, pennant," from the Latin plural insignia.
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